Monthly Archives: April 2016

Spring is Here

Another late Spring in New England, but it is here. A few trees even have a few leaves! To celebrate, I offer Daniel Pinkham’s “Awake, O North Wind” It is from his Wedding Cantata, which is based on passages from The Song of Songs. This song celebrates the coming of the spring rains on ancient […]

Knowledge and Progress

The ideal of Progressivism, so far as I can see, is the conceit that as human knowledge progresses governments can use this improved knowledge to govern society. The assumptions behind this are all false. Knowledge does not necessarily progress. Physics might progress by jerks and starts, but governments are not run by physics. The humanities […]


California is a nice place to live if you have piles and piles of money. Not otherwise. Victor Davis Hanson has another piece about the social degradation of rural California. Consider his grandfather’s California, a triumph of human organizational skills and rule of law over desert wilderness, desperadoes and railroad barons: The theme of his some […]

Movie Review: Doubt

Doubt: A Parable is a little slow at times, but worth watching if only to see two of the best contemporary American actors, Merrill Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, pitted against each other. Every review you read of Doubt has a completely different take: some see Fr Flynn as a Christ figure and Sister Aloysius as “the Accuser”, an […]

Harriet Tubman

Some takes on the Treasury putting Harriet Tubman on the $20: YES — Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 20, 2016 Breaking: Treasury throws founder of the Democratic Party off $20 bill, replaces with gun-toting Republican — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 20, 2016 Tubman was a brave woman and rightly considered a hero. Andrew Jackson […]

ISIS: Nothing New

An interesting article by John Grey argues that there is nothing new or shocking about ISIS. The use of large scale terror to transform society started with the French Revolution, was perfected by the Soviets, and brought to the Middle East by the PLO**, a nationalist and socialist movement. ISIS destroying pre-Islamic art has precedents again […]


Kevin Williamson gives some predictable advice to members of America’s more backwards communities: And my answer to what to do about a community or a family that offers you little or nothing and that may be actively working against your real long-term interest is for me the same today as it was 25 years ago, […]